By Robert Bolt

A guy for All Seasons dramatises the clash among King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas extra. It depicts the disagreement among church and country, theology and politics, absolute energy and person freedom. in the course of the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and patience, his purity, saintliness and tenacity within the face of ever-growing threats to his ideals and relatives, earn him prestige as considered one of smooth drama's maximum tragic heroes.

The play used to be first staged in 1960 on the Globe Theatre in London and was once voted New York's most sensible overseas Play in 1962. In 1966 it used to be made into an Academy Award-winning movie through Fred Zinneman starring Paul Scofield."A guy for All Seasons is a stark play, sparse in its narrative, sinewy in its writing, which confirms Mr Bolt as a real and good playwright, a strength in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)

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Rich I’ve let you know everything! More Richard, you should go back to Cambridge; you’re deteriorating. Rich Well, I’m not used! … D’you know how much I have to show for seven months’ work— More – Work? Rich – Work! Waiting’s work when you wait as I wait, hard! … For seven months, that’s two hundred days, I have to show: the acquaintance of the Cardinal’s outer doorman, the indifference of the Cardinal’s inner doorman, and the Cardinal’s chamberlain’s hand in my chest! … Oh – also one half of a Good Morning delivered at fifty paces by the Duke of Norfolk.

Chapuys (warmly) Say no more, Sir Thomas; I understand. More (a shade worried) I hope you do, Your Excellency. Chapuys You are a good man. More I don’t see how you deduce that from what I’ve told you. Chapuys (holds up hand) A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse. I understand. You are a good man. ) Dominus vobiscum. Exit Chapuys. More looks after him. Then: More (abstracted) … spiritu tuo … Boatman (mournful; he is squatting on the ground) People seem to think boats stay afloat on their own, sir, but they don’t; they cost money.

More When, Howard? Norfolk Two, three days. They move about uneasily. Alice A farrier’s son? Norfolk Well, the Cardinal’s a butcher’s son, isn’t he? Alice It’ll be up quick and down quick with Master Cromwell. Norfolk grunts. More (quietly) Did you know this? Rich No! Margaret Do you like Master Cromwell, Master Rich? Alice He’s the only man in London if he does! Rich I think I do, Lady Alice! More (pleased) Good. … Well, you don’t need my help now. Rich Sir Thomas, if only you knew how much, much rather I’d yours than his!

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